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State, federal statistics reveal that Planned Parenthood is an abortion corporation

Posted in Abortion clinic, abortion facility, Abortion Numbers, Planned Parenthood abortion numbers, Planned Parenthood abortion stats with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2017 by saynsumthn

|  (From Live Action News)

Planned Parenthood Abortion Corporation

Planned Parenthood dominates the abortion market.

Former employees of the abortion organization have admitted that, contrary to the organization’s claim that abortion makes up only 3% of its services, everything Planned Parenthood does has the end goal of abortion. As Planned Parenthood’s government funding increases (it’s currently around half a billion dollars annually), so does Planned Parenthood’s share of abortions (35 percent) in the United States, even while abortion numbers are decreasing nationally.

But this trend toward Planned Parenthood’s increasing market share isn’t just a national one. In states which record abortions by facility, statistics show that Planned Parenthood centers perform a large percentage of state abortions, and those market shares are on the increase as well. States that publish lists of licensed abortion facilities show that Planned Parenthood is crushing its competitors.

ARIZONA: A list of licensed abortion clinics (last updated in July of 2016), reveals that 50 percent of abortion facilities in Arizona are Planned Parenthood centers.

ARKANSAS: Two-thirds of the licensed abortion facilities in Arkansas were Planned Parenthood centers as of December 2016. The list, published by the Arkansas Department of Health, has since been removed.

CONNECTICUT: A report to the State Legislature in 2014 indicated that 4 out of 6 facilities offering abortions were Planned Parenthood centers. However, a 2016 report published by the Bridgeport Diocese indicates there may now be as many as 18 licensed abortion centers in the state. A January 2017 query at CT.gov reveals that all but one of those 18 facilities is a Planned Parenthood facility. This means that Planned Parenthood makes up more than 94 percent of the state’s abortion clinics.

FLORIDA: Nearly 24 percent (15 out of 60) of licensed abortion facilities in Florida are Planned Parenthood centers, according to a query of abortion clinics conducted at the Agency for Healthcare Administration in September of 2017.

GEORGIA: One-third of the abortion facilities in Georgia are Planned Parenthood centers, according to a searchable site at the Georgia Department of Community Health. Today Planned Parenthood advertises online that at least half of its facilities commit abortions.

KANSAS: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows Planned Parenthood’s Overland Park facility is the only licensed facility in the state, despite the fact that the Wichita Planned Parenthood advertises abortion services. At least one other abortion facility exists.

MARYLAND: 17 percent of Maryland’s twelve licensed abortion facilities are Planned Parenthood centers, according to a list published by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on September 1, 2017. It should be pointed out that five Planned Parenthoods offer abortion services online, despite only two being licensed. If we add those into the mix, (7 out of 12) the figure changes to 42 percent.

MISSOURI: 100% of licensed abortion facilities in Missouri are Planned Parenthoods, according to a September 2017 list published by the Missouri Department of Health. The state recorded a total of 7,474 abortions for 2015.

NORTH CAROLINA: Planned Parenthood abortion facilities made up 33 percent (5 out of 15) of the licensed abortion clinics in North Carolina, according to a list published by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation. However, online, Planned Parenthood advertises abortion services at six locations, which would bring the figure to 40 percent.

OKLAHOMA: Planned Parenthood makes up 25 percent of the state’s licensed abortion facilities, according to a directory published by the Oklahoma State Department of Health in September 2017.

PENNSYLVANIA: A query of licensed abortion facilities in Pennsylvania revealed that nearly 37 percent (7 out of 19) were Planned Parenthood facilities. The list appears to be outdated but does give a snapshot of Planned Parenthood’s abortion performance in the state. According to research conducted by the Pennsylvania Family Institute, in 2015, Planned Parenthood performed 17,513 abortions in Pennsylvania — 55 percent of the state’s total abortions (31,818), an increase of 2.5 percent from 2014. PFI notes:

Statewide abortions have decreased by 7,000 annually since 2008 while Planned Parenthood abortions in PA have increased by more than 1,500 annually over the same time period.

SOUTH CAROLINA: In 2015, 11,643 abortions were reported to the state of South Carolina. A September 2017 list of licensed abortion facilities, published by the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control Division of Health Licensing, reveals that Planned Parenthood currently makes up 100% of the licensed abortion facilities in the state.

SOUTH DAKOTA: Planned Parenthood centers are also 100% of licensed abortion facilities in South Dakota, according to a September 2017 query of licensed abortion providers with the state. The most recent abortion statistics show that 444 abortions were committed in South Dakota in 2015.

TEXAS: Almost 63 percent of licensed abortion facilities (5 out of 8) in Texas are Planned Parenthood centers, according to an online list at the Texas Department of State Health Services accessed in September of 2017.

A list published by the largest association of professional abortion providers, the National Abortion Federation (NAF), demonstrates further how Planned Parenthood dominates the abortion market. While it may be true that not every abortion facility is necessarily a member of NAF in every state (including some Planned Parenthood facilities), the list below (researched in January 2017) shows just how much Planned Parenthood dominates among NAF members. The numbers below represent the percentage of NAF abortion facilities which are Planned Parenthood centers:

  • Colorado: 73 percent (11 out of 15)
  • Delaware: 75 percent (3 out of 4)
  • Minnesota: 33 percent (2 of 6)
  • Nevada: Almost 29 percent (2 of 7)
  • New Hampshire: 40 percent (2 out of 5)
  • New Jersey: 94 percent (17 out of 18)
  • New Mexico: 40 percent (2 of 5)
  • New York: 72 percent (21 out of 29)
  • Oregon: 83 percent (5 of 6)
  • Pennsylvania: 43 Percent (6 out of 14)
  • Tennessee: 25 percent
  • Utah: 50 percent (1 out of 2)
  • Vermont: 100 percent (5 out of 5)
  • Washington: 30 percent (3 of 10)

Simply doing an internet search for abortion turns up predominantly Planned Parenthood centers, with the exception of a few other abortion businesses.

Planned Parenthood claims to offer other services such as anemia testing, cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, physical exams (including for employment and sports), flu vaccines, help with quitting smoking, screening for high blood pressure, tetanus vaccines, thyroid screening, and more. And yet, Planned Parenthood’s website rarely appears in the top searches for any of these services.

On the other hand, if you Google “abortion pill,” “get abortion,” “abortion cost,” “abortion info,” “where can I get an abortion,” “early abortion,” “abortion 20 weeks,” “abortion medical,” “abortion options,” “make abortion appointment” – Planned Parenthood is there.

The reason for this is simple: Planned Parenthood is primarily an abortion corporation which does not serve the entire health spectrum of society. And the clients Planned Parenthood does serve are dwindling year after year. What else is dwindling? Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion services.

Planned Parenthood may claim its purpose is as a “health care” agency, but numbers from official reports show otherwise. Today, Planned Parenthood will receive $1.5 million in taxpayer dollars, while ending the lives of 900 preborn babies.

It is long past time to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Surprise! Guttmacher survey shows that women who get taxpayer-funded abortions may have more abortions

Posted in Black Abortion Stats, Black Genocide, Guttmacher, Medicaid abortion, Prior abortions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2017 by saynsumthn

| From Live Action News

A survey conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood‘s former “special affiliate,” reveals that taxpayer-funded abortions were a factor for women who had at least one prior abortion. It also revealed that the majority of those women had used contraception at the time of conception. In addition, Guttmacher, which is funded in part by taxpayers, found that Black women had a higher rate of prior abortions.

The survey, entitled, “Which Abortion Patients Have Had a Prior Abortion? Findings from the 2014 U.S. Abortion Patient Survey,” was described by the authors as “limited research on the characteristics of individuals who have terminated two or more pregnancies.” The report, published by the Journal of Women’s Health in late August, asked women how many prior abortions they had and found that slightly less than half of abortion patients (44.8%) had prior abortions:

Age was most strongly associated with this outcome, and patients aged 30 and older had more than two times the odds of having had a prior abortion compared with those aged 20–24.

Guttmacher Institute researchers Rachel Jones, Jenna Jerman, and Meghan Ingerick say they compared demographic characteristics such as age, number of prior births, race/ethnicity, and education as well as contraception use.

In addition to Guttmacher’s close associations with Planned Parenthood past and present, the study’s authors, all on staff at Guttmacher, are not unbiased. For example, lead Guttmacher researcher for this study, Rachel K. Jones, also serves on the board of directors of the National Abortion Federation, according to her Guttmacher bio.

Race

Authors of the survey discovered that several factors increased the likelihood of prior abortions, including, (in their words) “being black,” “having one or more children,” and “relying on insurance or financial assistance to pay for the procedure.”

 

 

Guttmacher Prior Abortion Survey

The report found that Black women had a higher rate of prior abortions: “Slightly more than half of Black abortion patients had a prior abortion (54%), higher than any other racial and ethnic group.”

  • 54% were Black
  • 39.2% were White
  • 43.7% were Hispanic
  • 42.8% were Other

Sadly, the overall Black abortion rate is disproportionately high and is one of the reasons many pro-life groups believe that abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood may be targeting the Black community.

To date, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, remains a hero to the abortion industry, despite her admission that she met with members of the Ku Klux Klan, advocated eugenics, and supported the use of sterilization to rid the planet of the “unfit.”

Margaret Sanger “hero and trailblazer” according to Planned Parenthood

Contraception

The abortion lobby, including Planned Parenthood and the media, often point to the use of contraception (which includes methods that can be abortifacient) as the best way to reduce abortions. But Guttmacher’s survey seems to indicate that there are holes in this theory. Researchers noted that the majority of women who had a prior abortion had also used contraception, writing, “Only a small proportion of abortion patients (10%, not shown) reported that they had never used contraception,” noting that “[t]he incidence of prior abortion was slightly lower for women who had never used contraception than for those who had….”

But Guttmacher also noted (emphasis added), “The researchers found no evidence of individuals using abortion as their primary method of family planning. The majority of abortion patients (53%) were using a contraceptive method at the time they became pregnant, and those who were not using contraception were no more or less likely to have had a prior abortion.”

Taxpayer funding

Taxpayer-funded abortions also played a significant role in women who say they obtained a prior abortion.

The researchers found that “[p]atients who paid for their abortion procedure with their own funds were less likely to have had a prior abortion than those who used health insurance or received financial assistance.”

Although most women pay out of pocket for abortion care, those who are able to use health insurance may be able to access abortion services more easily and, in turn, more often…

Tax funds increase prior abortions

Several of the circumstances we examined were associated with prior abortion. Compared with patients who paid for the abortion out of pocket, the odds of having had a prior abortion were higher for those who paid for the procedure using (public or private) health insurance (OR: 1.47; 95% CI: 1.29–1.69) and those who received financial assistance (OR: 1.32; 95% CI: 1.15–1.52).

Taxpayer dollars fund abortions

Live Action News previously dismantled the lie that taxpayer dollars don’t fund abortion. Even with restrictions under the federal Hyde Amendment, there are several ways taxpayers fund it:

  • The Hyde Amendment allows for federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortion in certain instances.
  • Title X dollars can fund abortion staff and facilities.
  • State taxpayer dollars fund abortions in 17 states (about 40 percent of the US population) as previously noted.

The hundreds of millions in government dollars Planned Parenthood receives every year are fungible, often freeing up other dollars which would normally be used for salaries, facility rent, and general overhead. The fact is that Planned Parenthood wants the tax payer to fund all abortions even pushing the lie that all abortions are “medically necessary,” as Live Action News has also documented.

In a separate analysis published earlier this year by Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate,” Guttmacher found that “Medicaid [taxpayer funding] was the second-most-common method of payment, reported by 24% of abortion patients. The overwhelming majority of these patients lived in the 15 states that allow state funds to be used to pay for abortion.”

  • 35% had Medicaid coverage.
  • 31% had private insurance.
  • 53% of abortion patients paid out of pocket.

Guttmacher Medicaid Abortion Payments 2017

 

Distance

The authors also found that the likelihood of a woman having a prior abortion decreased the further a patient resided from an abortion facility:

Nearly half of patients who lived less than 25 miles from the facility where they obtained care had already had an abortion, compared with 32% of those who lived at least 100 miles away.

To the former “research arm” of Planned Parenthood, this is not a good thing; it is an indication that more abortion facilities are needed. But abortion numbers are declining, Planned Parenthood is closing facilities left and right, and abortion facilities are closing down across the nation due to shoddy conditions and a failure to provide minimal surgical standards. Between 2007 and 2017, the abortion organization shuttered more than 200 facilities.

In 2011, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards boasted that the organization served three million patients. By 2015, those numbers had dropped by more than 600,000 to 2.4 million (with 11% of that number being men).

And despite government funding nearly doubling from $305.3 million in 2005 to $554.6 million in 2015, the abortion corporation has been decreasing services.

What has increased at Planned Parenthood is abortion, with numbers rising nearly 24 percent from 264,943 in 2005 to 328,348 in 2015. This means that today, Planned Parenthood garners nearly 35 percent of the abortion market share in the country, ending the lives of 900 precious preborn children every day.

What the Guttmacher survey shows is that paying for abortions with taxpayer dollars could actually increase the numbers of abortions a woman may have in her lifetime. And while there may be many factors that go into why a woman submits to more than one abortion, the answer to her problems is never to violently take the life of her preborn child.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Millionaire Abortionist Merle Hoffman on her own abortion: ‘For one night, I am a mother’

Posted in Abortion Clinics, Abortionist, Abortionist Rich with tags , , , , , , on August 22, 2017 by saynsumthn

Merle Hoffman Choices Abortion

An article published by a New York media outlet has indicated that a long standing abortion facility owner netted ten million dollars last year. Crain’s New York Business featured abortion facility operator Merle Hoffman, president of Choices Women’s Medical Center in New York. Hoffman’s facility commits abortions up to 24 weeks. A bio about Hoffman reveals that her 2016 revenue was “about $10 million.” A deeper look at Hoffman’s past reveals how tens of thousands of abortions — and her own abortion years ago — have affected her.

In the video below, former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino describes the most common abortion committed in the U.S. from 13-24 weeks.

Abortion — Taking Children’s Lives — for Profit

Making a large profit from abortion is not new, however. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest tax-funded abortion chain, is known for having abortion “quotas” and throwing pizza parties after its staff commits extra abortions beyond the required number, thus raking in more money for the facility.

Merle Hoffman Abortion Millionaire (Image: Crain's Business)

Merle Hoffman Abortion Millionaire (Image: Crain’s Business)

Recently analyzed data from Planned Parenthood (analysis conducted by American Life League, or ALL) reveals that the average salary of a CEO at one of Planned Parenthood’s 56 affiliates rose 22 percent in the last two years. The top twelve employees at the mothership, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, have collectively seen their average salaries go up 13 percent in two years.

ALL found that with an average income of $237,999, these Planned Parenthood CEOs are in the top five percent of all workers in the United States. The group noted that Planned Parenthood’s national spokesperson and president, Cecile Richards, has seen her income explode by a whopping 62 percent, making close to a million dollars a year ($957,952) at the so-called non-profit. Nearly 41% of Planned Parenthood’s budget came from taxpayers in 2015, according to the abortion chain’s own 2015-2016 annual report.

Planned Parenthood CEO Salary (Image: STOPP)

Planned Parenthood CEO Salary (Image: STOPP)

While Planned Parenthood tries to weasel its way out of appearing like the well-funded and well-paying abortion chain it is, Merle Hoffman is honest. Even though it is relatively taboo for anyone in the abortion industry to admit that killing babies is profitable, Hoffman acknowledges that she makes millions.

In a book she published years ago called “Intimate Wars,” Hoffman admitted she was “making money off the movement” and explained that making money from abortion “could be said of every abortion provider.”

In fact, as Hoffman put it, “I was quite pleasantly surprised when I made my first million dollars.”

“Choices” for Women

A 2012 article in The Feminist Press described how Hoffman’s facility, Choices, began, nearly 41 years ago.

The article details how Hoffman teamed up with Dr. Martin Gold to open the Choices abortion facility, writing:

As the cofounder of the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP), the first not-for-profit health maintenance organization (HMO) on the east coast, Gold and a colleague approached HIP’s board of directors and proposed to offer abortion services for their subscribers…. A year later, in 1971, Flushing Women’s Medical Center – later renamed Choices Women’s Medical Center – opened its doors.

Although Hoffman opened her first facility in the 1970’s just after New York legalized abortion, Choices shows it was licensed with the state as a corporation in 1985.

Millionaire Abortionist Merle Hoffman

Millionaire Abortionist Merle Hoffman

In the beginning stages, Hoffman said the abortion facility saw six or seven patients and charged $77.00 per procedure. In 2011, Hoffman admitted to Forbes that her clinic had performed “almost 20,000 abortions a year….” “Now,” she added, “we see about 10,000.”

Hoffman appears to enjoy promoting herself and her so-called accomplishments within the abortion movement on a blog operated in her name. She says she became politically active after passage of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibited most federal tax dollars from funding abortions.

As a result of Hyde, Merle Hoffman began publicly speaking out in favor of abortion.

Co-Founder of the National Abortion Federation

In 1977, Hoffman bragged that she co-founded the National Abortion Federation (NAF), formerly known as the National Abortion Council (NAC). She detailed the events in “Intimate Wars,” reminiscing about a 1976 invitation from the National Association of Abortion Facilities (NNAF) to attend a national meeting of providers.

Hoffman writes that within a few months of attending that meeting, she was nominated NNAF’s vice president.

She credits her marketing style of promoting herself as an advocate for women, rather than as someone who does abortions as appealing to some NNAF members. After all, marketing is all in how one presents herself and her business, regardless of what one actually does.

In fact, Hoffman claims she received so much support that instead of VP, she threw her hat into a run for NNAF president, and to her surprise, she won. Within a few months, Hoffman claims, the NAC joined forces with NNAF to become the National Abortion Federation.

“Women Did Know the Truth”

Merle Hoffman has been criticized for openly admitting the humanity of the preborn child.

In “Intimate Wars,” she described the pro-choice movement of that day as choosing to “depersonalize the fetus,” claiming that women knew exactly what abortion was.

This admission that women were very much aware of what they were doing when paying for their abortion was the impetus for controversy because Hoffman contradicted the unscientific claims of the day that the fetus was a “blob of tissue,” a “parasite,” and not human. As the owner of her own abortion facility, Hoffman knew otherwise, and it conflicted her. However, she still inaccurately stated that the life inside the womb, while human, was merely “potential.”

She wrote:

But women did know the truth, just as I knew it, deep down, when I allowed myself to recognize it…. At times this really would move me profoundly as I sat opposite the women I counseled prior to their abortions, acutely aware of the potential lives growing inside them that would soon cease to exist. I began to think critically, to come to terms with what was going on. Each time I did that I came out of the process more committed than before. I had no conception, either religious or philosophical that “life was sacred.”

If the women going to Hoffman were aware that she does not believe life is sacred — i.e., that human life inherently has value — perhaps they would be less likely to trust her with their own lives.

“Abortion Stops a Beating Heart”

Hoffman has been a controversial figure in the abortion movement for years, as Salon pointed out in 2012:

Interestingly, although the standard pro-choice line is essentially to let the woman define the embryo or fetus for herself, Hoffman has a more controversial stance: “In the beginning they were calling it a baby. We were saying it was only blood and tissue. Let’s agree this is a life form, a potential life; you’re terminating it. You don’t have to argue that abortion stops a beating heart. It does.” She adds, “I can’t say it’s just like an appendectomy. It isn’t. It’s a very powerful and loaded decision.”

Live Action News’  previously documented Merle Hoffman’s honest observations about witnessing her first few abortions:

What I saw a running through those vacuum tubes when I first started my work was only blood and tissue, unformed and messy. It was easy to imagine the fetus as a bunch of cells that one could define as one wished.

But even in the beginning I had an inkling that this mentality was the easy way out, that it didn’t go far enough to do justice to the experience of abortion.

In its 2012 interview with Hoffman, Forbes referred to the abortion clinic operator as a “Millionaire Abortionist” and a “capitalist,” and asked Hoffman why she was receiving criticism from other feminists for making a profit performing abortions:

There are many feminists who feel–and not all, but many—that a real feminist has to be a socialist. I have been accused of “making money off of the movement.”

… I’m not apologetic that I have an entrepreneurial spirit. I have created Choices and have made a profit. …

And people may say “abortion is your business,” but I say no. Women’s lives are my business. If I do well, like any business, it’s because more people want to come to me.

In the video below, Merle Hoffman claims that her power and money are simply the result of the fact that so many “people wanted to use my services, so I see no problem with that at all.” She disagrees with abortionists and facility owners who want to downplay the money that goes hand-in-hand with ending the lives of children: “It’s always this apologetic, ‘I don’t deserve the money,’ ‘I don’t deserve the power.’”

Exactly what does Hoffman do with all that money and power?

According to “Intimate Wars”:

Money has given me the power to support political campaigns and donate to worthy causes. In the nineties I spent half a million dollars every year publishing On the Issues and started a 501(c)3 called the Diana Foundation so that I could donate to feminist groups and individual radicals that had no access to institutional funds. I donated to the campaigns of pro-choice politicians like Schumer and Hevesi, and of course paid for political actions put on by the PCC.

Hoffman claimed that Senator Schumer was a “very strong supporter of mine.”

The Millionaire Has an Abortion:

Merle Hoffman once admitted in a speech before the Abortion Care Network that the act of abortion “is about power” where women were “exercising the right of fetal existence.”

Yet, of her own abortion, Hoffman explained how she referred to her baby as “female” with whom she had a “shared connection.” In a reading from her book, Hoffman admitted that she wrote in her diary, “For one night, I am a mother,” adding that her abortion gave her both “relief and sadness.”

She described to attendees at the Abortion Care Network conference how she felt as she made the decision, recounting holding her stomach and saying, “Sorry little one, it’s just not time.”

State files complaint against Abortion doc once accused of threatening wife with pistol after failing to report several criminal convictions

Posted in Abortion clinic, Abortion clinic worker arrested, Abortionist arrested, Abortionist Domestic Violence, Abortionist Gun, Abortionist Investigated, Abortionists and Guns, Guns at abortion clinics, National Abortion Federation, Pro-choice law breakers, pro-choice violence with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2016 by saynsumthn

A Michigan abortion doctor may be facing possible sanctions after failing to notify the state about several arrests and criminal convictions in violation of state law. Thomas James Gordon performs abortions at Heritage Clinic for Women, a Grand Rapids National Abortion Federation clinic which has failed to publicly distance themselves from Gordon despite Live Action News documenting his criminal history in January. Now, the state’s medical licensing board has filed a formal complaint against Gordon for failing to notify them of the convictions.

Thomas Gordon

According to a search of Michigan Corporations conducted by Live Action News, Gordon is the Registered Agent for the Heritage Clinic for Women abortion clinic. His offenses included domestic violence as well as “Weapons – Firearms – Possession Under the Influence” among other offenses. In addition, Gordon has history of domestic violence directed at his wife which should cause concern for female patients under his care.

Thomas J Gordon abortionist arrested NAF doctor

WZZM13, a local Grand Rapids news outlet, has reported that Gordon’s failure to report the arrests and convictions could affect his ability to practice:

“Documents we obtained show state experts are concerned the doctor’s past criminal cases could affect his ability to practice in a “safe and competent manner”.

Pro-life researcher, Lynn Mills spoke with Live Action News about the case and said that local activists who regularly pray and counsel outside Gordon’s abortion facility began noticing his absences in January and became suspicious. She provided a copy of the complaint filed by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs against Gordon in early March for failing to notify the state within 30 days of a criminal conviction. Michigan state law requires that, “A licensee or registrant shall notify the department of any criminal conviction within 30 days after the date of the conviction. Failure of a licensee or registrant to notify the department under this subsection shall result in administrative action under sections 16221 and 16226.”

Thomas J Gordon abortionist conviction

Thomas J Gordon abortionist convixtion

Thomas J Gordon abortionist arrested

According to the complaint , Gordon failed to report the following criminal convictions to the state as required under the law:

April of 1992– Convicted of “Aggravated Assault” (suspended sentence – 90 days in jail a fine and 18 months probation.)

Thomas James Gordon abortion 91 aggravated assault

April of 2012– Convicted of “Weapons-Firearms-Possession Under The Influence” and “Domestic Violence” (4 days in jail and 18 months probation.)

Thomas James Gordon abortion 2011 assault w weapon domestic violence

May of 2015– Convicted of “Disorderly Person Jostling” (suspended sentence of 90 days in jail contingent of successful one year probation and fines.)

December of 2015 – Convicted of “Operating While Intoxicated” (probation of six months and ordered to pay costs and fines.)

Thomas James Gordon abortion 2015 conviction intoxication

Even more disturbing, WZZM13 dug into the Gordon’s violent history further and discovered that he had allegedly threatened his wife with a pistol. They reported that “In 2010, Gordon’s wife Shelly filed a Personal Protection Order against him. She wrote quote:”Thomas has beat (me) several times in the past 3 years, he has even put his 45 mm pistol to my head when I was sleeping.”

Shelly Gordon PPO Thomas Gordon abortion

A copy of the order provided to Live Action News from local activists shows that while on a trip to Jamaica, Gordon’s wife alleges that a “layover and wrong transport made him snap.” She describes his anger against her and the hotel front desk clerk. After being escorted to her room, she described how Gordon came back to the room where she was already sleep when, according to the abortion doctor’s wife, he “started hitting me in face, body said he doesn’t like me – hit me and damage my nose…”

Abortion doc beats wife PPO

Gordon’s wife Shelly writes that she defended herself and told Gordon he had a problem and she accused him of “probably beat his first wife” adding that she had filed for divorce.

Shelly Gordon PPO Thomas Gordon gun pistol  abortion

A copy of a Kent County Sheriff Department Affidavit of Probable Cause dated November 6, 2011 provided to Live Action News paints a picture of how unstable and violent this Michigan abortionist is, reading :

    Suspect Thomas Gordon, did commit a felonious assault upon his wife, Shelly Gordon. The Gordons were involved in a verbal argument, in the finished basement of their residence. Thomas had a Kimber Combat Carry, semi auto pistol, chambered in .45 ACP, resting on the counter of a kitchenette area. The victim, Shelly Gordon, stated that she was going to go upstairs. Thomas stated “I’ll shoot you and anyone that fucks with me.” He then ran over to the counter top, picked up the pistol, racked the slide and pointed it at Shelly. Shelly then grabbed hold of the pistol and Thomas’ hand. She stated “you are not going to shoot me,” as she tried to pry the pistol from his grasp. They continued the physical struggle and Thomas fell against the wall and then on to the floor. Shelly was able to grab the gun and run upstairs. She secreted the gun under a pillow, on the upstairs couch. Shelly then ran outside and hid, where she called 911. Thomas did submit to a breathalyzer, upon arrival at the jail. This yielded the BAC results of .21. It should be noted that the magazine for the pistol, although loaded with six rounds, was not in the grip of the pistol. Shelly stated that she believed the firearm was loaded.

Thomas J Gordon Kent COunty Probable Cause abortion gun

The affidavit also states that the abortionist told police officers called to the scene of the incident that he is a doctor who makes $1,000,000 per year and “drinks alcohol every day.”

Shelly Gordon 2012 assault  Thomas Gordon abortion

Despite his violent history, the Heritage Clinic for Women website describes Gordon as possessing, “a strong sense of dedication, professionalism and integrity.” Live Action News called Heritage Clinic for Women and has verified that Gordon is still performing abortions at the center. A June 2, 2016 search of “abortion providers” listed at the NAF website reveals that the National Abortion Federation continues to refer to Heritage despite Gordon’s criminal record.

Heritage Clinic National Abortion Federatiom Gordon

In an effort to persuade authorities to take immediate action against Gordon’s ability to practice medicine, local pro-lifers have set up an online petition asking The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to act quickly to summarily suspend Gordon’s license. They are also asking concerned pro-lifers to please call Shelly Edgerton who is the Director of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for the state as well as Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette to voice their concern about the abortionist as well. The petition along with additional contact information can be found here. According to WZZM13, Gordon has until June 6 to respond to the complaint filed against him by the state.

Panel issues subpoenas in aborted baby body parts investigation

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Center for Medical Progress, National Abortion Federation, stem Express with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2016 by saynsumthn

The chair of a U.S. House investigative panel has announced that they have issued subpoenas to obtain documents regarding the possible sale of aborted baby body parts. The investigation follows a 2015 University of New Mexico (UNM) research study obtained by New Mexico Alliance for Life (NMAFL) which detailed “how aborted baby liver and kidney tissue [was] harvested from ‘six fetuses,’ only 15 minutes after the abortion procedure.”

Fetal Body parts Curtis Boyd abortion

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)who chairs the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, said the panel plans to subpoena the University New Mexico (UNM) and the late term abortion facility South Western Options (SWO). The Panel, which consists of both Republican as well as Democrat members, falls under the jurisdiction of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and has been tasked to gather information and get the facts about medical practices of abortion service providers and the business practices of the procurement organizations who sell baby body parts, according to their website.

Rep. Blackburn’s office told Live Action News that the Majority Staff of the Select Investigative Panel has sent more than 30 letters requesting documents. Those letters all asked for information to be provided voluntarily.

“By failing to fully cooperate with our investigation, these organizations have compelled our panel to subpoena these documents in order to acquire information that is vital to the completion of our work,” Chairman Blackburn stated.

“Without these subpoenas, the American people and the House itself would be left to speculate about what is going on in the fetal tissue industry. We cannot leave questions unanswered,
” she added.

As Live Action News has previously reported, SWO is located in Albuquerque and operated by abortionist Curtis Boyd, who served as a UNM “assistant professor” and has been working with UMN for ten years. UNM’s health science center (UNMHSC) which reportedly used the fetal tissue for their research recently halted a training program using abortionists from SWO.

via prolifewitness.org

via prolifewitness.org

According to a consent form obtained by local pro-lifer Tara Shaver, the remains of babies aborted at Southwestern Women’s Options, are automatically used in research. “Since the “consent” for research is buried in the same consent form for the abortion, it is doubtful many women even realize their babies are being turned into fodder for laboratory experimentation,” reports Operation Rescue which investigates abortion clinic nationwide.

In January, the New Mexico Alliance for Life obtained a letter which they say confirmed that abortionist Boyd “facilitates” the, “collection of aborted baby body parts such as hearts, lungs, heads, livers, aortas, brain tissue, etc. from his late-term abortion clinic to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.”

Vurtis Boyd UNM letter aborted fetal parts

The letter read in part:

    “I have reviewed and been kept up to date on your research and feel that the use of fetal tissue continues to be appropriate for your studies. Therefore I will continue to facilitate your collection of samples from my clinic. following the usual inspection of the tissue…”

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Boyd, who once admitted that he is “killing” states on his website, that he was involved in establishing the National Abortion Federation (NAF) and is a founding member of the Federation’s Board of Directors.

CMP Planned Parenthood Stem Express NAF

NAF is seeking a permanent gag order against the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) whose undercover investigation exposed how the abortion industry haggles over the prices of the babies they abort. The abortion provider organization is seeking to prevent the release of footage from their annual conferences in 2014 and 2015, claiming fraud. A recently released tape, by CMP appears to show an alliances between the National Abortion Federation, Planned Parenthood, and abortion providers in regards to fetal tissue procurement.

Cassy Fiano, of Live Action News reviewed the tape and reported that in the video, NAF’s training and education coordinator, Sandy Fulkerson, floats the idea of a “group purchasing program” offered through NAF membership, where participating abortion facilities would supply aborted fetal tissue to buyers, and then split the profits. Fulkerson admits the abortion group “knows somewhere” where large quantities of fetal tissue are “available.” Another NAF supporter then chimes in that the financial rewards are a “win-win” for both parties, Fiano writes.

In addition to SWO and UNM, the panel has also issued a subpoena to obtain documents from StemExpress, (the infamous fetal parts procurement company exposed in CMP’s videos), for failing to dully cooperate with document requests. CMP videos show the biotech company’s CEO, Cate Dyer, boasting, “I have a picture from Hillary” Clinton on her desk. In another video, she jokes about shipping the fully intact bodies of aborted babies to unsuspecting lab technicians.

Last year, House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders sent a letter to StemExpress requesting briefings and information regarding their practices relating to human fetal tissue collection, sale, and/or donation. When asked why the Select Investigative Panel issued the subpoena against Stem Express, Chairman Blackburn told Live Action News:

    StemExpress brought the subpoena upon themselves by redacting critical information.

Read the subpoenas that were sent to StemExpress, University of New Mexico, and Southwestern Women’s Options.

Arrested Michigan abortionist has long rap sheet

Posted in Abortionist, Abortionist arrested with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2016 by saynsumthn

Pro-lifers in Michigan have uncovered a long rap sheet of offenses including charges of assault and domestic violence from an abortion doctor in Grand Rapids whose NAF abortion clinic describes him as having “professionalism, integrity, and superior skills.”

Thomas James Gordon  abortion doctor

Thomas James Gordon abortionist Kent County

Thomas James Gordon performs abortions at the Heritage Clinic for Women abortion clinic in Grand Rapids, according to pro-life activist Leisa Speheger Snow. Snow who regularly sidewalk counsels outside the clinic notified pro-life investigator Lynn Mills that Gordon had not been seen at the clinic for several days. After receiving advise from Mills, Snow located the arrest information at the Kent County Sheriff website.

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According to Kent County booking number 1600779, Gordon spent 4 days in jail after his arrest on January 13, 2016. Records indicate that Gordon was charged with “disorderly person/fighting jostling.”

A search on the Michigan Department of Corrections website, reveals that Gordon was also arrested in 2011. In that incident, Gordon’s offenses included domestic violence as well as “Weapons – Firearms – Possession Under the Influence.”

Michigan abortionist arrested

Thomas J Gordon domestic violence charges

Thomas J Gordon weapons charges

Records on file with Michigan’s Internet Criminal History Online website provided to Saynsumthn by local grand rapids pro-lifers shows that Gordon may have other arrests that date back to 1991. The document shows a Thomas James Gordon with same arrest record as located on the Michigan Department of Corrections website with a long rap sheet of criminal history.

In addition, it shows misdemeanor aggravated assault charges dating back to 1991. More recently, in 2015 charges against the Gordon listed on that state document include misdemeanor domestic violence, misdemeanor operating while intoxicated.

Read the document here.

Interestingly, the Heritage Clinic for Women, which is a member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) described Gordon this way on their website:

Heritage clinic for women Gordon abortion

“Thomas J. Gordon, M.D., Gynecologist, is the current Medical Director and has served in this capacity since 1986. He possesses a strong sense of dedication, professionalism and integrity in combination with his medical knowledge and superior skills.”

Perhaps they will reconsider after this information becomes public.

Free speech at stake in NAF lawsuit against CMP as judge is set to issue opinion

Posted in Aborted Babies for Electricity, Aborted Baby Body Parts, Censorship, Center for Medical Progress, free speech, National Abortion Federation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2015 by saynsumthn

A federal judge has ruled that secret recordings from a pro-life group who infiltrated a National Abortion Federation meeting to expose a grisly baby parts harvesting operation does not show criminal activity, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Deb Van Derhei NAF Harvesting babies

In July, the National Abortion Federation (NAF) sued the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) accusing CMP of using fake names, infiltration, and hidden cameras to obtain the damning evidence. San Francisco Judge William Orrick granted NAF a temporary restraining order to prevent the release of the tapes. But, while the effort to suppress the videos were making their way through the courts,GotNews.com published them, claiming they were leaked to them by a hacker.

In their lawsuit, NAF claimed that CMP infiltrators “snuck into” their allegedly secure and supposedly private meetings to obtain video evidence that their members were buying fetal tissue. In response to the lawsuit, CMP claimed that their investigators conducted their investigation legally, and that NAF welcomed lead investigator David Daleiden and the other investigators as dealers in fetal tissue believing that Daleiden’s test company, BioMax, would pay abortion providers for fetal specimens. “NAF even provided Daleiden unsolicited information about the meeting’s agenda and location,” attorney’s for CMP stated.

But, according to the AP report, Judge Orrick does not agree. From the story:

Recordings secretly made by an anti-abortion group at meetings of abortion providers do not show criminal activity and could put the providers at risk, a federal judge said Friday, citing the recent shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick made the comments during a hearing over the National Abortion Federation’s request for a preliminary injunction that would continue to block the release of the recordings. Orrick did not immediately issue a ruling. He previously issued a temporary restraining order blocking the recordings pending the outcome of the preliminary injunction hearing.

Pro-lifers who have viewed the leaked tapes say that the NAF lawsuit is equivalent to censorship because NAF does not want the public to know the truth about abortion. The videos show plenty of evidence that NAF members were not only involved in harvesting fetal tissue but were holding presentations about the process during their meetings. A sampling of a few of the recordings show that NAF members:

    Conference attendees applauding horrific late-term abortion procedure
    NAF held presentations on harvesting aborted baby parts
    NAF members and a majority of the women they service know they are killing a baby
    Abortion clinics dispose of preborn children in garbage disposals
    Burning aborted babies for energy fuel may really be happening
    A cold and callous disregard for the dead
    A Planned Parenthood abortionist and NAF attendee admitted being involved in fetal tissue research with, “independent / individual researchers”

Continuing with the AP report:

Orrick made a statement that doctors who appeared in CMP’s videos have received death threats. He also cited suspected arson at abortion clinics and the November shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic that left three people dead and nine wounded.

Catherine Short, an attorney for the Center for Medical Progress, said there was no evidence the Colorado shooter was motivated by the group’s videos or that doctors have been directly threatened. The release of the recordings is vital to furthering public discussion about topics such as whether the country’s abortion laws are too loosely written, she said. The center says in court documents its work is the equivalent of investigative journalism and protected by the First Amendment.

And, Short is correct, investigative journalism is not only protected by the First Amendment but the tactics used by CMP have been used by journalists in all sorts of investigations as Live Action News has detailed here. In fact, free speech issues in this case are so great that the U.S. Reporters’ Committee filed a ‘friend of the Court’ submission before the district court hearing NAF’s case, protesting that ‘any prior restraint on speech that is issued by a court has the potential to significantly affect the First Amendment rights of the news media and the public at large.’

we are compelled to write at this early juncture because any prior restraint on speech that is issued by a court has the potential to significantly affect the First Amendment rights of the news media and the public at large. The ramifications of having such a restraint in place go well beyond the unique facts of this dispute, they wrote.

Tom Brejcha, Thomas More Society President and Chief Counsel which presented arguments against NAF in the case agreed accusing NAF of working with Planned Parenthood to suppress Daleiden’s First Amendment rights.

“Equally as any other investigative journalist working for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, or your local print or electronic media outlet may regularly resort to undercover journalism tactics to ferret out hidden crime, so too David Daleiden should have the right to penetrate the criminal underworld of America’s abortion providers and report all the evidence he has uncovered of criminal wrongdoing to law enforcement and to members of the public.”

The brief that Thomas More Society and co-counsel have filed on behalf of Daleiden in opposition to NAF’s preliminary injunction includes:

    Information about the precedent set by the recent Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Otter case, where the 9th Circuit ruled definitively that investigative journalism is not “fraud” and fully protected by the First Amendment.

    Admissions from NAF and Planned Parenthood abortion providers about their criminal participation in trafficking in aborted baby body parts documented at NAF meetings, redacted from the public filing and prevented from release by court order.

    The blatantly unconstitutional character of prior restraints on speech.

If NAF wins this case, criminals will rejoice and journalists will weep,” Brejcha said.

Both sides are watching for the decision to be released.